Sunday, September 30, 2012

On a Roll

I have now finished Dawn of Spring, a SAL designed by a very generous Mouse from the Friendly Stitchers yahoo group.  I ran out of the beads I used for the first three bands, and could not find a matching color.  I'm pretty sure the first color of beads was a Mill Hill petite - but I couldn't find an exact match.  So I ended up adding two different colors of beads - hopefully the changes in color look intentional, rather than being out of desperation.

And this is Part 3 of the SAL Sampler de Noel 2012.  Isn't it pretty?  I love the French designs - they are so elegant.

My puppy is finally trained enough that you can take eyes off her for a second or two, without having the whole house destroyed, so I have a bit more stitching time.  We have been going to kindergarden, and the puppy knows sit, stay, down, come, let's go, etc. - although her obedience is somewhat dependent on whether she sees the little sandwich bag full of chicken breast cubes! 

I finally got fed up with my messy yard, and hired a landscape crew to edge my beds and clean and mulch a row of crepe myrtles along the road - best fortune I've ever spent! 

Well, back to puppy world.  Happy stitching, everyone!  Margaret C

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Want to come over and remove glue??????

Before we get to the glue removal project, take a look at Part 2 to Carole Novalee's Sampler de Noel 2012.  Isn't it pretty?  The colors are so festive - this is a very fun piece to  stitch.  The parts are small enough to be manageable - so you can quickly get a sense of accomplishment.

And now, for the project that needs glue removal:  this is Boo Mansion, by Blue Ribbon Designs.  I used the recommended threads and linen - however, I tried to save some time and attach my cording with glue instead  of the tried-and-true needle and thread.  I have never gotten along with glue - this goes all the way back to my Vacation Bible School days - my projects always had more Elmer's on them than anything else.  So, anyway, I tried to give it one more shot, and ended up with glue on my cording - once the glue dries, I will try to pick it off.  If that doesn't work, I may add some fluffy black fun fur to hide the cording.

Meanwhile, I have been drooling over the Christmas Ornaments JCS Special issue.  I have started the BBD ornament, and am about half way through.  I think I hear it calling me now - 

Happy stitching, everyone!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Starting Christmas Stitching!


I have started a new project (now there's a real surprise!).  This is the SAL Noel 2012 that is being hosted by Carole Novalee .  I am using HDF silk fibers on a piece of Summer Khaki Edinburgh linen.  The parts come out in two week intervals - so I might actually be able to keep up with this one.

I have also been working on my Dawn of Spring piect - but I ran out of beads with about a dozen to go.  In itself, that wouldn't be so bad; but I'm not sure what color the beads are - so I had to order several boxes to make sure I got the right ones. 

Our puppy is growing by leaps and bounds - she is a beauty!  It's very hard to get a picture of her.

That's all for now.  Happy stitching, Margaret